Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Northwest District to hold 16th Annual JA Business Challenge at CVTC

February 06, 2017
More than $64,000 in scholarships have been awarded for the event
Eau Claire, WI – Feb. 1, 2017 Later this month 100 northwestern Wisconsin high school students will compete to win scholarships for post-secondary education via an online business-strategy tournament at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s main campus in Eau Claire on Friday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Since the event's inception Junior Achievement, Northwest District has awarded more than $64,000 in post secondary scholarships thanks to area businesses that partner with JA to make the event a reality. This year's scholarship partners include William J. and Gertrude R. Casper Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, Market & Johnson, Inc. and WESTconsin Credit Union.

Adding to the list of scholarship partners is Great Northern Corporation (GNC) who created the "Mark Orendorff Memorial Scholarship." Mark passed away unexpectedly last year and was a long-time and well loved employee of Great Northern Corporation. On behalf of Mark's legacy, GNC, a Chippewa Falls manufacturer, felt it was fitting to create the "Mark Orendorff Memorial Scholarship." Mark's scholarship would be granted to the top performing team at the annual northwest district JA Business Challenge. Mark participated numerous times as a mentor at the district's annual JA Business Challenge. Mark was also recognized for his time as a long-time volunteer and board member at the 2016 JA Hero gala."Mark truly was a champion of area youth on behalf of Junior Achievement. He is sincerely missed. We are so grateful that Great Northern Corporation created this memorial scholarship on behalf of Mark's legacy," said Susan Peterson, director with Junior Achievement, Northwest District. "Through the "GNC Mark Orendorff Memorial Scholarship" his legacy will live on by helping area students fulfill their dream of obtaining a higher education ensuring that they have opportunity to take charge of their own economic success."

At the event business professionals advise high school teams about making smart business decisions in a “real world” environment. Each team operates as their own business creating the same computer simulated product. During the tournament the teams make business decisions: choosing product prices, developing marketing strategies, maintaining inventory volumes, distributing charitable giving and determining research and development (R&D) investment. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement’s purpose, to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in a global economy. There are a few event partnerships available, if interested please call 715-835-5566.
Lynn Barrie, Marketing Development Manager
lbarrie@jawis.org, (715) 835-5566 ext.26